Medical Laboratory Technician
About the Program
Medical laboratory Technicians (MLT), also known as Clinical Laboratory Technicians, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients.
AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science
AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences
Degrees and Certificates
Medical Laboratory Technician - AAS
Associate of applied science
A Career in Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Technicians perform complex testing on body fluids using sophisticated instruments to detect diseases and monitor treatment. Approximately 75% of medical decisions, diagnosis, treatment and evaluations, are based on the interpretations of laboratory test results. Medical laboratory technicians might isolate and identify infectious organisms that cause disease, cross-match blood to be used in a transfusion, detect Diabetes or identify the abnormal blood cells that are associated with Leukemia.
Today's Medical Laboratory Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries. In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree in as little as 18 months and then work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Some Bachelor Degree Programs can be completed on-line.
Employment opportunities are excellent in the Houston area, Gulf Coast areas, and across the United States.
The MLT Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.
Licensure/Certification Exam Results
2017 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years are provided for comparison.
|Program/Aligned Award||Agency Standard||HCC Standard||2015 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2017 Results|
|Medical Laboratory Technician AAS||75%||75%||100%(16)||96%(23)||100%(16)||Exceeds Standards|
Graduates & Retention
Graduates & Retention Rates
There are 2,683 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 17.3% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 207 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $40,000 annually